Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Death Remains – Destroy / Rebuild

Release Date: April 28th 2017
Label: Transcend Music
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/deathremainsuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/deathremainsuk

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There are many people out there who have often criticised and have said the dying prayers of metalcore, whether that be with the over saturation of the genre, or with every band following the same structure and template. There are a few worthwhile picks in the ever expanding sea of bands, though, and Death Remains prove to be one of them with their sophomore LP, ‘Destroy / Rebuild’.

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EP: Emma Blackery – Magnetised

Release Date: May 26th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.emmablackery.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/emmablackery
Twitter: www.twitter.com/emmablackery

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After releasing four EPs over the past five years (‘Human Behaviour’, ‘Distance’, ‘Perfect’, and ‘Sucks To Be You’), Essex based singer/songwriter and popular YouTuber Emma Blackery has now got a fifth EP to put under her belt, ‘Magnetised’.

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ALBUM: Brutality Will Prevail – In Dark Places

Release Date: March 24th 2017
Label: Holy Roar Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/brutalitywillprevail
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bwpcult

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After a short hiatus, Brutality Will Prevail are back with their fifth studio full-length record, ‘In Dark Places’. This album has been highly anticipated in the hardcore scene, and rightly so, seeing the Welsh outfit return to business as usual, with an added doom metal element.

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ALBUM: Malevolence – Self Supremacy

Release Date: May 19th 2017
Label: BDHW Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/malevolenceriff
Twitter: www.twitter.com/malevolenceriff

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Steel City has been churning out metal long since Sheffield’s main export was steelware. Malevolence carry the torch on, bridging the gap between extreme metal, and 90s-esque metal, drawing a lot of influence for new record ‘Self Supremacy’ from thrash and groove metal.

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ALBUM: Boris The Blade – Warpath

Release Date: January 27th 2017
Label: Siege Music
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/boristhebladeband
Twitter: None available

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Australia’s Boris The Blade seem to be on the cutting edge of what’s popular, but have they made an album of quality, or one which feels repetitive to rest of the genre? With their second stab at a full-length ‘Warpath’, this seems to be the best time to test this question.

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ALBUM: Lorna Shore – Flesh Coffin

Release Date: February 17th 2017
Label: Outerloop Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lornashore
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lornashore

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If you’re at all familiar with the work of New Jersey four-piece Lorna Shore, you’ll already be well aware that they don’t do things by halves. The deathcore troupe have now come out with the same mentality for ‘Flesh Coffin’, the band’s sophomore full-length.

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ALBUM: Retro Youth – B.R.A.V.E.

Release Date: February 3rd 2017
Label: Independent Ear
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/retroyouth
Twitter: www.twitter.com/retroyouthband

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Manchester based trio Retro Youth, who’ve been gaining fans on the scene since their first releases in 2015, have now released their debut album ‘B.R.A.V.E.’. The record opens up with ‘The Lost And Found’, kicking in with some distorted drums and a punchy lead line which ends up into some sort of Napoleon-esque solo.

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ALBUM: Weirds – Swarmculture

Release Date: May 26th 2017
Label: Alcopop! Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/weirdsband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/weirdsband

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Four years after Weirds released their double single ‘Crocodile/Yolk’, ‘Swarmculture’ was spawned. The double single showed promise, but its true musical identity was hidden underneath low-fi production which didn’t show the band in a particularly strong light. The blood, sweat, and tears that has gone into ‘Swarmculture’ are audible, and this is where they’ve truly made their mark.

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ALBUM: …And The Hangnails – Dog

Release Date: May 12th 2017
Label: Young Thugs Records
Website: www.andthehangnails.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/andthehangnails
Twitter: www.twitter.com/andthehangnails

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Bar one or two exceptions (looking at you, Royal Blood), it’s very rare to find any form of musical duo anymore, let alone a punk rock duo, but that’s exactly what we have here with …And The Hangnails. Composed of guitarist Martyn Fillingham and drummer Steven Reid, the boys are back with their fourth full-length album ‘Dog’, their first through Young Thugs Records who signed the band last year.

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EP: All At Sea – Systemised

Release Date: May 12th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aasneuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/aasneuk

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For all of you who are unfamiliar with the name, All At Sea are a fairly small and (admittedly) relatively unknown metalcore band based in the North East area of England. After releasing their debut EP ‘Divided’ back in 2015, the band have now returned with their newest effort and follow-up EP, ‘Systemised’.

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